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Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

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Service Schedule | Lulav & Etrog, Sukkah Kits, S'chach | Sukkot EventsShmini AtzeretSimchat Torah

Each year we enter the physical space of the Sukkah with joy and excitement for the holiday.

Service Times

Sukkot begins Monday evening, September 20. Please register here for our Sukkot services. The Reopening Task Force has revised the Olam Tikvah protocols in light of updated CDC guidance. All attendees for services at Olam Tikvah for Shabbat and holidays must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

Register here to attend services in-person

Erev Sukkot, Monday, September 20
6:45pm Erev Sukkot in-person and livestream
6:50pm Candle Lighting

Sukkot Day 1, Tuesday, September 21
9:30am Sukkot in-person and livestream
10:30am Youth Sukkot in-person
7:45pm Ma'ariv

Sukkot Day 2, Wednesday, September 22
9:30am Sukkot in-person and livestream
7:45pm Ma'ariv

Friday, September 24
5:30pm Zoom in the Sukkah

Erev Shemini Atzeret, Monday, September 27
6:30pm Erev Shemini Atzeret in-person and livestream

Shemini Atzeret, Tuesday, September 28
9:30am Shemini Atzeret in-person and livestream
7:30pm Erev Simchat Torah in-person and livestream

Simchat Torah, Wednesday, September 29
9:30am Simchat Torah in-person and livestream
7:30pm Ma'ariv

Be prepared for Sukkot at home

S'chach (Sukkah roof)

A sukkah is not complete without s'chach for the roof. You can order bamboo s'chach from Men's Club to complete your sukkah. Order here by Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00am.

Shake Your Lulav

Need a refresher on how to shake your lulav and etrog? Watch Rabbi Kalender's walkthrough.

Sukkot Events

Donation Drive Thru, Sunday, September 19, 9:00-10:00am in the parking lot. Drive thru and donate to help those in need! We will collect food for ECHO to fight hunger and gift cards to support Afghan refugees in our area. Please bring one or more of the following most-needed items for ECHO: Canned Fruit and Vegetables; Tortillas; Salsa; BBQ Sauce; Instant Potatoes (Box); Soup; Crackers; Beans; Salad Dressing; Peanut Butter; Jelly; Dry Pasta (please no spaghetti); Canned/Bottled Juice; Coffee/Tea. Please keep in mind that recipients are usually transient and do not have the ability to store large quantities. For Afghan refugees, we are collecting gift cards from Target, Walmart, Visa, Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway, or Aldi to help them get the things they need. Learn more here.

Young Families Pre-Sukkot Play Date, Sunday, September 19, 9:30-11:30am in the parking lot. Families with children ages 0-5, we’ve got hands-on holiday opportunities for the whole family. Prepare for Sukkot by making decorations for your sukkah and helping put up the OT parking lot sukkot. RSVP to youngfamilies@olamtikvah.org.

Abba Brown-Berish Sukkah Build, Sunday, September 19, 9:30am at Brown-Berish Group Home. Abba will once again raise the sukkah for the Jewish Family Group Home in Annandale. We'll need at least six guys to set it up, and some decorations made by children to hang in it (paper ring ribbons never get old). The residents are always extremely happy with our assistance. RSVP to Eddie Silverman.

Men's Club Beer in the Sukkah, Thursday, September 23, 7:00pm in the OT Sukkah. Enjoy local craft beers and trivia in the OT sukkah. Free to new OT members and those with paid Men’s Club dues. $5 for non-members. Register here.

A (Parking) Lot of Sukkot, Thursday, September 23-Monday, September 27. Throughout the week of Sukkot, Olam Tikvah's parking lot will be filled with a "lot" of sukkot. Sign up to dwell in one of our sukkot with your own meal. Register here.

Hazak Lunch in the Sukkah, Friday, September 24, 12:00pm. Celebrate Sukkot with Hazak (age 55+) in the OT sukkah. Enjoy lunch and a lively discussion. Space is limited. Register by Friday, September 17. To register, call or email Erin Dreyfuss.

Havdalah & S'mores in the Sukkot, Saturday, September 25, 7:30pm in the parking lot. Enjoy s'mores in the OT sukkot (plural of sukkah)! We will begin with Havdalah, and then light the campfire and enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate as we celebrate the festival of Sukkot together. Sponsored by Melinda & Mark Roth in memory of Melinda's father. Register here by September 22.

Parent Meet & Greet with Mala, Sunday, September 26, 2:00pm in the OT Sukkah. OT parents, if you haven't met our OT shlicha, Mala yet, now is your chance! Spend time with Mala in the OT sukkah. RSVP to Erin Dreyfuss.

Sukkah Hop & Ice Cream Social, Sunday, September 26, 4:00pm. Back by popular demand, members of all ages are invited to visit two fellow OT congregant's home sukkot, where you will enjoy kosher appetizers and wonderful conversation, before heading to Olam Tikvah for an ice cream social. Register here by September 17 at 12:00pm.

Shmini Atzeret

Celebrate Shmini Atzeret with us Tuesday, September 28. Service information and registration coming soon.

Shmini Atzeret is both a holiday unto itself and the eighth day of Sukkot. As a nod to both aspects, it is customary to eat meals in the sukkah on Shmini Atzeret (Friday night and Saturday), but not to recite the blessing for dwelling in the sukkah.

The Shmini Atzeret service will include Hallel, Yizkor, and Geshem.

Hallel is a collection of Psalms recited on holidays and on Rosh Chodesh before the Torah service. It expresses our gratitude and joy for divine providence. The melody is truly joyful and we look forward to singing it as we end the fall holiday season.

We have the opportunity once more to recite Yizkor in remembrance of those who are no longer with us. Remember to light a yahrtzeit candle before the holiday begins on Monday evening. Yizkor is on Tuesday morning following the Torah service.

Shmini Atzeret marks the beginning of the rainy season, which we note by adding mashiv ha-ruach u'morid ha-gashem (You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall) to Musaf. On this day, we also sing Geshem, the prayer for rain, following the Yizkor service. This moving and beautiful prayer recalls the many ways that water is central to our lives and to our history.

Simchat Torah

Celebrate Simchat Torah with us this Wednesday, September 29. Service information and registration coming soon.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing with the Torah"), we celebrate reaching the end of the Torah and starting anew right away. Simchat Torah marks the end of our annual reading of the Torah with the final parasha of Devarim, and then we begin again immediately with Bereishit. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates our love of Torah.

The Simchat Torah morning service includes a recitation of Hallel, expressing our gratitude and joy for divine providence, as well as special honors for members of our community who represent our past and our future. Simchat Torah is the only time of year that everyone, even those who are not yet Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is eligible for an aliyah. At Olam Tikvah, we celebrate with Aliyot for All.

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782